Early re­lease for driver re­spon­si­ble for death of pedes­trian

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

THE Wan­garatta truck driver im­pris­oned for caus­ing the death of pedes­trian Roberta ‘Bob­bie’ Brown on the morn­ing of Jan­uary 16, 2017 has been re­leased af­ter serv­ing 106 days of a nine month sen­tence.

The Court of Ap­peal on Wed­nes­day set aside the sen­tence of im­pris­on­ment and com­mu­nity cor­rec­tion or­der im­posed by the County Court on Aaron Bell, and then sen­tenced him to a two year com­mu­nity cor­rec­tion or­der.

Mrs Brown’s hus­band Peter said he was dev­as­tated when po­lice in­formed him of the Supreme Court hear­ing out­come on Wed­nes­day.

“I can’t be­lieve this has hap­pened,” he said.

“What was the point of it all; Bob­bie’s fam­ily has to go on for the rest of our lives with this tragedy and the per­son found guilty gets re­leased early.

“No one has paid for it.”

Mr Bell, then 28, was sen­tenced by Judge Michael McIn­er­ney on July 18 this year at Wan­garatta County Court for dan­ger­ous driv­ing caus­ing death af­ter the truck he was driv­ing struck Mrs Brown while she was cross­ing at the in­ter­sec­tion of Ry­ley and Warby streets in Wan­garatta.

Judge McIn­er­ney also can­celled Mr Bell’s driver’s li­cence for a pe­riod of 18 months.

At the time of sen­tenc­ing Judge McIn­er­ney said he had “con­sid­er­able dis­quiet” about the sen­tence, tak­ing into ac­count mul­ti­ple fac­tors in­clud­ing Bell’s re­morse and fam­ily sup­port.

How­ever, due to the max­i­mum penalty in­volved with the charges and the na­ture of the dan­ger­ous driv­ing, he con­sid­ered a CCO alone would be in­suf­fi­ciently puni­tive.

Full de­tails of the ap­peal hear­ing are ex­pected to be made avail­able to­day by the Supreme Court.

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